The Other Alcott

The Other Alcott

Book - 2017
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A tale inspired by the life of Louisa May Alcott's youngest sister finds young May longing to study art outside of the confines of her Concord home before turning down a marriage proposal and pursuing an identity in contrast to the spoiled and worldly character of Amy in her sister's famed novel.
While her sister Louisa crafts stories, May Alcott is a talented and dedicated artist, taking lessons in Boston, turning down a marriage proposal from a well-off suitor, and facing scorn for entering what is very much a man's profession. When Louisa's Little Women is published, its success eases the family's financial burdens. But May is struck to the core by the portrayal of selfish, spoiled "Amy March." Is this what her beloved sister really thinks of her? May embarks on a quest to discover her own true identity, as an artist and a woman.
Publisher: New York, NY :, William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers,, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780062645333
Branch Call Number: FIC HOOP
Characteristics: 408 pages, 17 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 21 cm


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May 23, 2018

Not only was this an excellent biographical novel on May Alcott but it served as a fine window on the limited opportunities of women in the 1800's and their efforts to push open doors. Anyone with half an interest in art and painting will also find this book fascinating.

JCLHeatherM May 12, 2018

May Alcott spent her life in the shadow of her more successful, more highly praised sister Louisa. Equally talented in her own right, May yearned for approval and recognition, traveling around the world to hone her craft as an artist and be recognized as more than just 'The Other Alcott'.

Hooper's piece is highly researched and an excellent tribute to the Alcott family, an excellent companion piece to the 2017 BBC miniseries 'Little Women'.


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